You think your Niacinamide serum has ceased to work? Is your vitamin C not fetching as great results as it did earlier? Here's breaking news for you – your skin gets used to ingredients and hence the ingredients won’t garner the same results. But, even if they’re working perfectly fine for you, practicing a little skincare mixology boosts up their efficacy and can give you the skin of your dreams! Playing match-making just like Seema Taparia from Indian Matching, we’ve paired together two perfectly eligible skincare ingredients that are matches made in heaven. 


Layering skincare ingredients can be tricky. You do not want to end up over-exfoliating, over-drying, irritating your skin or damage the barrier. So, to ease things out for you, here’s a list of ingredients that not only go well together, but also help deliver better results. 


can you pair retinol with hyaluronic acidRetinol speeds up the cell regeneration process, and when paired with hyaluronic acid, it helps increase collagen production. Hyaluronic acid can help your skin retain moisture as well as help keep the skin plump and hydrated. Our Birch Please Skin Soothing Clarifying Serum contains hyaluronic acid as well as birch juice that deeply moisturizes and plumps skin. Plus, using hyaluronic acid helps to subdue dryness and irritation that is usually accompanied with retinol. 

Ideal for: This combination is ideal for people who have just begun using retinol, or their skin is on the drier and sensitive side. 


can you pair vitamin C with sunscreenWhat do you do when you find the perfect combination in a ‘C’ full of ingredients? You stick to it for life! Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that shields the skin from harmful sun rays, infrared radiation, environmental pollution and free radicals. It also lightens pigmentation and gives skin a healthy glow. Pairing it with your sunscreen doubles up its benefits, and together they make the ultimate sun-protection couple. Rely on our Yuzu Fine Vitamin C Brightening Toner along with Bravocado SPF 50+ PA++++ Sunscreen Gel for this step. 

Ideal for: All skin types. 


can you pair retinol with niacinamideRetinol is like the big daddy of skincare that pairs well only with a select few ingredients. Along with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide is another ingredient that gels well with retinol. It is a non-exfoliating acid that strives to deliver skin that is even-toned, well-balanced, has tight pores, and is blemish-free. The Bravocado Intense Brightening Serum contains 2% niacinamide as well as bakuchiol, which is a plant-based alternative to retinol. You can use this serum in your AM as well as PM skincare routine for added benefits. 

Ideal for: When paired together, the duo can fight acne, acne marks and reduce excess oil. 


can you pair niacinamide and salicylic acidSalicylic is an ingredient known far and wide for its acne-fighting and pore-refining abilities. It is a very common BHA that breaks down the bond between dead skin cells so that they can easily release from the pores. It also regulates sebum production in skin. We already know that niacinamide works for refining and tightening pores, and when combined these two offer maximum acne-fighting benefits. Swipe our Matcha Better Pore Clearing Skin Tonic which contains salicylic acid and follow it up with the Bravocado Intense Brightening Serum, and watch your acne go away! 

Ideal for: Congested, acne-prone skin, as well as for people who have blackheads and whiteheads. 


can you pair glycolic acid and vitamin CIf dark spots, pigmentation and acne marks are dampening your shine, then this power-duo is for you. Glycolic acid is a popular AHA that is extensively used across skincare products for its mildly peeling and brightening effect. It lifts dead skin cells from the upper layer of the skin and allows for newer skin cells to surface. This action helps do away with all kinds of dark pigments on the skin. Vitamin C being a potent antioxidant can brighten and restrict melanin (the hormone that gives colour to skin) production to lighten dark spots. Swipe our Mama Cica Instabright Peel Pads, containing glycolic acid for a quick exfoliation, and follow it up with the Yuzu Fine Vitamin C Brightening Toner for a lethal anti-pigmentation effect! 

Ideal for: Treating age spots, pigmentation, acne marks, and hyperpigmentation. It can also be used by individuals who have an uneven skin tone. 


can you pair hyaluronic acid and AHA or BHA

It might sound like combining two strong acids together, but hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the gentlest ingredients in town. It is a humectant that traps moisture in the skin to make it plump and dewy. When paired along with any AHA like salicylic acid or BHA like glycolic acid, it gives an undeniable glow to skin. So, if your skin is dry or feeling dull and you need a pick-me-up, then you know whom to turn to! Apply our salicylic-acid infused Birch Please Intense Glow Gel Mask on a cleansed face and follow it up with the Birch Please Skin Soothing Clarifying Serum to get the ultimate glow! 

Ideal for: This combo is great for all skin types and can be used whenever your skin needs a boost. 

Dive in, and use these power-packed skincare duos to take your skin to the next level! 

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